WWETAC: Who We Are

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Nancy Grulke

E-mail: ngrulke [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-416-6583

Nancy Grulke is the Director of WWETAC, located in Prineville, OR. Nancy has been a research scientist for the Forest Service since 1988 at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, and joined WWETAC and the Pacific Northwest Research Station in August, 2010. Her research focuses on the interactive effects of elevated carbon dioxide and ozone on tree carbon and water balance, and defining and remotely detecting the physiological threshold at which yellow pine becomes susceptible to bark beetle attack. From 1991 to 1997, she was a science coordinator for the Pacific Northwest & Pacific Southwest Research Stations’ Climate Change Program in Corvallis, OR, and has held academic appointments at University of Colorado (INSTAAR), Montana State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and Oregon State University. She received her undergraduate degree in ecology at Duke University and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington.

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Alan A. Ager

E-mail: aager [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-416-6603

Alan Ager is an operations research analyst. He received a Ph.D. in forest genetics at the University of Washington, M.S. in plant genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and B.S. in forest science and forest management from the University of Washington. Alan has worked on a wide range of research and management projects since starting with the Forest Service in 1987. His current interests include stress detection in forest trees, spatial modeling of wildfire, risk analysis, and a variety of operations research problems related to forest management.

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Nicole Vaillant

E-mail: nvaillant [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-416-6600

Nicole Vaillant is a fire ecologist at the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and has worked for the Forest Service since 2001. She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental science, policy, and management at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in evolution and ecology from the University of California, Davis. While at Berkeley, her research involved stand level fuel treatment effectiveness, landscape scale strategic fuel treatment planning and effectiveness, and fire history. Prior to coming to the Center Nicole worked as a seasonal wildland fire fighter, including a season with the Redding Hotshots, and was a fire ecologist with Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team. Her current interests include characterizing fire behavior at multiple scales, fuel treatment effectiveness, and risk analysis.

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John Kim

E-mail: jbkim [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-750-7287

John Kim is an ecological modeller with Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and with the Pacific Northwest Research Station. He studies climate change impacts on vegetation using dynamic global vegetation models. He has a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a B.A. in Computer Science from University of California San Diego.

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A. Paige Fischer

E-mail: paigefischer [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-758-7793

A. Paige Fischer is a research social scientist with the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and Pacific Northwest Research Station of the US Forest Service. Paige’s research interests include cultural and sociological influences on how people, particularly private landowners, perceive and address environmental problems such as biodiversity loss, wildfire risk and climate change. She also studies how to use qualitative sociological data to inform policy development. Paige received her B.A. in anthropology from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and M.S. and Ph.D. from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

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Charlie Schrader-Patton

E-mail:cschrader [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: (541) 312-4291

Charlie Schrader-Patton is a Geospatial Analyst and Application Developer with RedCastle Resources, Inc., and is working under contract for WWETAC through the Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center.. His work for WWETAC involves using cutting-edge geospatial technology to develop web mapping applications that tell the spatial story behind wildland threats. In addition, he provides consultation and support to WWETAC scientists regarding Remote Sensing and GIS projects. Charlie has held several positions with the Forest Service, including Wildlife Biologist and Timber Pre-Sale Technician. He received a B.A. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College and an M.S. in Forest Resource Conservation from the University of Montana.

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Lisa Balduman

E-mail: lbalduman [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-750-7395

Lisa Balduman works as a technical information specialist for WWETAC. She received her M.S. degree from Oregon State University's Forest Science Department after completing a project studying the genetics of cold hardiness in coastal Douglas fir. She has worked for the Forest Service in various capacities since 1990. Lisa is a content developer for TACCIMO (Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options). She also maintains the WWETAC web site and the project and reference databases.

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J. Nick Tarvin

E-mail: jerryntarvin@fs.fed.us
Phone: (541) 416-6618

J. Nick Tarvin, MSG(R), USA, is WWETAC's Program Support Assistant. His primary responsibilities are supporting the scientists’ administrative and logistic needs. He also spends some time "research assisting" when the mission allows. Nick was raised in Northeastern Oregon (Wallowa County), and comes to WWETAC as an Army Retiree with several years of experience in personnel support services. Nick has been married to his wonderful wife Amy for 25+ years and has two sons Jacob, and Jay with his wife Katelin and their beautiful daughter, Macie.